Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 14:25
New Zealand's parliament has passed a law to bar many non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes BANGKOK/LONDON - A ban on foreigners buying homes in New Zealand is not enough to solve the problems of affordable housing and homelessness, analysts and campaigners said, as the country became the latest to impose curbs on non-residents buying property. New Zealand's parliament last week... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:36
In recent years, there has been a loud and lingering fear that AI, automation and robots have come to steal our jobs. Although innovation and digitalization of cities continues to grow, it’s unlikely that smart technology and machines will completely replace the workforce that currently keeps our smart cities running. They will, however, change how we do those jobs and what skills are required to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:26
Photographers have been using drones in recent years to wow us with breathtaking shots of stunning scenery and jaw-dropping landscapes. But now photographer Johnny Miller wants to show us a different side of life from a whole new perspective, through an initiative he calls Unequal Scenes. Since 2012, Miller has been fascinated with just how visible social inequality can be – especially when... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:20
How do transport modes influence people's health? A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study formed part of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 14:39
Tuesday was another Election Day in the United States, and the marquee showdown was a special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. At the time of writing, the race was still too close to call. But the theme of the results was clear, no matter the winner. The district, which covers a swath of suburbs and rural areas near the state capital, Columbus, has been solidly Republican for more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:47
It’s the urban age for people – and for other species too – so it’s time to start planning for all the plants and animals that call our cities home The urban age is upon us, with 4.2 billion people (55 per cent of the global population) now living in cities. Some argue urbanisation is inevitably leading to humans disconnecting from nature and failing to see the environmental destruction at the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:23
Although we remain in the early stages, it is clear that a ‘Smart City’ revolution is sweeping the world. Technology driven solutions are being used to rethink and reshape the way that urban areas function. These solutions bring with them the promise of future cities that are more efficient with resources, more equitable for residents, and more resilient to climate events. As with any young... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:55
The Austrian capital has replaced Melbourne to become this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s “most liveable city”. Increases in ranking in the stability category meant Vienna took first place out of the 140 cities surveyed, beating Melbourne–which had won the past seven years–by 0.7 percent. Copenhagen (9) was the only other European city to feature in the top 10 while two other Australian... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 16:28
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:   UN-HABITAT   DUTY STATION:   Nairobi   FUNCTIONAL TITLE:   PROJECT ASSISTANT, national CONSULTANT   DURATION:   September 2018 –September 2019 (12 months)   BACKGROUND     The Housing Unit develops strategies, policies, and programmes to provide access to adequate housing for all, improve the living conditions in existing slums, and curb the growth of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 16:07
For the first time in this survey’s history, Austria’s capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit. A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot, ending a record seven consecutive years at the head of the survey for the Australian city. Although both Melbourne and Vienna have... Read more